Sunday, 21 September 2014

North Norfolk Village food events

The rural nature of north Norfolk is famous throughout the country and with so much diverse and wonderful local produce it makes it an ideal place to hold workshops and events to showcase local producers and farmers.
With much of the county taken up with intensive industrial farming which includes large amounts of land being given over to crops such as sugar beet and rape seed it is uplifting to find so many small local producers making a wide range of fantastic produce and others keeping alive local traditions used in making food, some of which almost died out in the 1970's and 80's.
there are a large variety of wonderful food produced in Norfolk, including a large variety of cheeses, fresh meat, smoked and cured meats, fruit, vegetables, jams and honeys,
North Norfolk also has a beautiful and wild coastline, the coast with its sandy beaches and large expanses of mud flats stretches from Kings Lynn in the west round to Cromer in the east, and because of the large fishing industry in this area, fish and shellfish have also played a large role in the diet of the local population over the centuries.

Slow food Norwich has been in touch with many of the local artisan food producers and also with local village halls and community centres to organise events throughout the north Norfolk area where producers can take part in special events to promote their produce to local and visitors to the area.
We have several of these events planned for the autumn and winter period including talks and workshops in several of the larger villages including Docking, Ringstead, Holme,Wells next the Sea and Burnham Market.
The first of these events will actually be in the city of Norwich on the 1st and 2nd November and the first in the north Norfolk villages will be a joint Slow Food Norwich and Slow Food produce from Italy on Thursday 11th December.
In the city of Norwich we are currently planning to co operate with small food and drink businesses in that city to hold artisan markets and workshops in November and December of 2014 and possibly in Kings Lynn in the early spring of 2015.
Further news and details of these events, workshops and markets will be found on this blog and also on our Twitter and Facebook pages over the coming weeks and months.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Slow Food Norwich in East Anglia

With the recent changes to the structure of Slow Food in the UK, with the creation of Slow Food England, Slow Food Scotland, Slow Food Wales and Slow Food Northern Ireland there has been a move toward having even smaller regional entities one of which would be called Slow Food in East Anglia.
New members would join this larger regional grouping and if and when there was a large enough membership base in a particular city or town they could then also set up a group in that town or city, such as a new Slow Food Cambridge or a Slow Food Kings Lynn in Norfolk.
The changes in the regional structure came after several years of discussion and debate with the Slow Food membership in the whole UK and also with lengthy consultations with Slow food International in Italy. There were many debates in this time within the groups and wider membership about how and when the devolution of decision making to the four regions from Slow Food UK would take place and the new structure was finally in place in early 2014.

We at Slow Food Norwich are looking forward to an exciting future within the new Slow Food England structure and will be working closely with other groups in East Anglia to also establish a vibrant and enthusiastic membership throughout the Est of England.
In the near future we also hope to be able to establish new groups in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, these would include Slow food groups in Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Kings Lynn, Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich. We are also working with Slow Food in England to obtain funding for a dedicated educational advisor who will also arrange and manage events and carry out fundraising activities. Slow Food Norwich and Slow Food in East Anglia will then be able to be in the position to organise more local workshops and events as well as carry out a much larger educational role by giving talks and lectures at schools, local communities and colleges throughout the eastern region.
As part of these exciting new developments we are already committed to taking part in several food and educational events in the region in the autumn and winter months with several more in the planning stage for 2015.